Jeffrey Trapnell, Georgia fan, has had it.
I am all for traditions. Having said that, I think the tradition of Georgia versus Florida in Jacksonville (the only reason our home slate of games is below average every other year) is stale. If we are not going to go to a home and home with Florida then we need to consider going Jacksonville-Atlanta every other year. I have always been frustrated by the amount of travel involved in that game for Georgia (fans and players alike) and not Florida. Year after year after year, we make the trek down there and play in the Gator Bowl, of all places, never getting a home game, travel wise in return. Meanwhile, the Gators sleep in their own beds and take an hour bus ride over from Gainesville.
This is insane.
Let’s start a new tradition of playing Florida in one of the greatest football stadiums on the planet Earth, Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
— Jeffrey Trapnell
Chip Towers skewers Mr. Trapnell’s suggestion by pointing out that as long as the money’s good, the Cocktail Party ain’t moving, but what I wanted to focus on in this post is a particular assumption Trapnell makes — along with a lot of other Dawg fans — that Georgia is at some enormous disadvantage because of travel.
Quite simply, what’s that based on? Georgia flies out of Athens directly to Jacksonville. That’s what… a two-hour flight? So, we’re talking about an extra hour’s worth of difference getting to the venue between the two teams. No snark intended, but what am I missing here? It’s not like the Dawgs jump off the plane and bolt directly for the game. What’s the big edge the Gators gain here?
I’m tired of the excuse making I’ve heard out of the fan base (and Richt, to be honest) about travel to Jacksonville as a reason for the lack of success Georgia’s had since 1990. If travel disparity is such a big deal, what explains Georgia’s dominance at Bobby Dodd Stadium over the last couple of decades? Coaching and talent wins consistently; if Georgia’s come up short regularly in Jacksonville, don’t blame that on the name of the stadium, dude.
By the way, if you’re complaining about your travel to the game, imagine how Dawg fans in South Georgia feel about trekking up to Athens several times a season to watch the likes of Austin Peay play. Throwing them a travel bone once a year doesn’t seem that insane to me.